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Why we teach Music

If you think about it, music is all subjects combined into one. Music is a language. It involves maths, science and technology. It is geography, history, culture in society and sometimes religion, too. Music also, of course, closely relates to the other ‘arts’, including art, drama, film, media and theatre.

At MVC, the Key Stage 3 curriculum aims to introduce pupils to a broad range of music from a wide range of geographical and historical contexts.

The Key Stage 3 topics covered also prepare pupils for the areas of study covered in the OCR GCSE Music course, including ‘The concerto through time’, ‘Rhythms of the world’, ‘Film music’ and ‘Conventions of pop.’

"Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand." Stevie Wonder

KS3 Music

Overview of content

Throughout KS3, pupils’ learning and assessment is centred around the three core areas of Music; these are performing, composing and understanding.

Yr 7 Programme of Study

Half term

Topics studied; skills and knowledge

How this will be assessed

Autumn - 1

Instruments of the Orchestra

Introduction to World Music

Keyboard assessment (Practical)

Autumn - 2

Keyboard assessment (Practical)

Spring - 1

Western Arts Music

Composing assessment

Spring - 2

 

Summer - 1

Solo Musical Performance

Practical assessment

Summer - 2

Free Composition

Keyboard (or other instrument) assessment

Yr 8 Programme of Study

Half term

Topics studied; skills and knowledge

How this will be assessed

Autumn - 1

C Jam Blues

Minimalism

Keyboard (Practical) assessment

Autumn - 2

Keyboard (Practical) assessment

Spring - 1

Jazz Music

Composing assessment

 

Spring - 2

Summer - 1

Pop Music Band Project (1)

Practical assessment

Summer - 2

Free Composition

Keyboard (or other instrument) (Practical) assessment

Yr 9 Programme of Study

Half term

Topics studied; skills and knowledge

How this will be assessed

Autumn - 1

Blues (2021) World Music (2022)

Minimalism (2021) Film Music (2022)

Keyboard (Practical) assessment

Autumn - 2

Keyboard (Practical) assessment

Spring - 1

History of Pop Music

Listening and Written assessment

Spring - 2

 

 

Summer - 1

Pop Music Band Project (2)

Practical assessment

Summer - 2

Free Composition

Practical assessment

 Homework

Homework set will be in the form of a project that will run over the half term. Information will be available on Go4Schoools.

Learning outside the classroom

MVC offers one-to-one music tuition in the following disciplines:

  • Violin
  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Voice
  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Drums

A brochure is available at reception or see Mr Thomson for more details.

As part of the enrichment programme after school, several musical activities are available.

More information

For any other information about music provisions at Melbourn Village College, please email: jthomson@melbournvc.org

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